Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment in Birmingham, AL
Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer. The disease can spread to surrounding tissues, so we recommend an evaluation for basal cell carcinoma treatment. Dermatologists of Birmingham offers basal cell carcinoma diagnostic and treatment services for the residents of Birmingham, Alabaster, Shelby and Chilton Counties and surrounding areas in Alabama.
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. The disease develops in areas of the face and body that are routinely exposed to excessive sunlight, such as the nose, neck, scalp and hands. The condition also develops in patients who frequently use tanning beds because the devices emit the same damaging rays as the sun.
Benefits of Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment
Unlike melanoma, basal cell carcinoma is not life-threatening. If the condition is not treated, though, the cancer will spread to surrounding tissues and may cause severe disfigurement.
When is Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment Recommended?
Treatment is always recommended in cases of basal cell carcinoma. The cancer can spread wide and deep, so healthy tissue can be adversely affected by the disease.
What to Expect from Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment
If your dermatologist suspects that a skin lesion is cancerous, a skin biopsy is taken to be examined under a microscope. Proper evaluation of each type of skin cancer biopsy requires expertise, so we use excellent local dermatopathologists to provide an accurate diagnosis relatively quickly.
Based upon the findings of your biopsy, our dermatologist will recommend one or more treatments for your basal cell carcinoma.
- Excision is the most common technique used for basal cell carcinoma
- Mohs surgery is recommended for more challenging cases, such as cancers that have spread deep into the tissues or those on more cosmetically sensitive areas including the face
- Curettage and electrodessication to carefully scrape away damaged skin
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for cases of early detection
- Cryosurgery to destroy the cancer cells with a freezing medium
- Radiation for basal cell carcinoma that cannot be cut away from healthy tissue
- Oral and topical medications
Our dermatologists have a high success rate with basal cell carcinoma treatment.
How Much Does Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment Cost in Birmingham?
Basal cell carcinoma requires medical treatment, so a portion of the cost will likely be covered by your medical insurance. Your out-of-pocket costs can be paid by cash, checks and major credit cards. Dermatologists of Birmingham is proud to offer financing options for our qualified patients. The affordable monthly payments may help you better manage the cost of treatment for basal cell carcinoma.
Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer, and we have a high success rate in treatment. Having your skin lesion evaluated by one of our board-certified dermatologists is the first step. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.
*Individual results may vary. The content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a qualified physician.